Ranked Battle

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Ranked Battle
Mode Icon Ranked Battle 2.png
Face off in more competitive battles.(NA)
Face off in a more competitive battle.(EU/OC)

Type Online multiplayer mode
Players 8 (4v4)
Ranked Yes
Weapons All
Controllers Wiiu-gamepad-icon.png GamePad
Nintendo Switch Joy-Con with grip.png Joy-Cons
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.png Pro Controller
Release Date June 1, 2015
For serious thrill seekers who've leveled up enough, these special battles put your rep on the line. Do well to improve your rank and even earn in-game rewards—and major bragging rights.
— Splatoon's official website, [1]



Ranked Battle is one of the multiplayer mode categories in the Splatoon series. The battles can last for 5 minutes instead of the 3 minute long Turf Wars. The battle can be shorter or longer depending on the outcome of the game. It features several modes and is accessible once a player hits level 10. The modes included in this category require a higher level of strategy compared to Regular Battle, and wins and losses are counted toward players' ranks which are used for matchmaking. Ranks range from 'C-' to 'S+' and can be increased by winning matches. Ranked Battle was released when a large amount of players reached Level 10 on June 1, 2015.

Splatoon 2

Ranked Battles were released at launch with Splatoon 2. Many features of this mode a kept from the original game. Along with the Update 2.1.0, a new mode called Clam Blitz was added.

List of ranked modes

Mode Description Release date (UTC) Games
Mode Icon Splat Zones.png
Splat Zones
Plays similarly to the King of the Hill mode from other video games. It revolves around a central "zone" or "zones", which players must attempt to cover in ink. Whoever retains the zone for a certain amount of time wins. June 1, 2015 Splatoonlogo.pngSplatoon 2 logo.png
Mode Icon Tower Control.png
Tower Control
An Inkling must take control of a tower located in the center of a map and ride it towards the enemy base. The first team to get the tower to their enemy's base wins. July 1, 2015 Splatoonlogo.pngSplatoon 2 logo.png
Mode Icon Rainmaker.png
A player must grab and take the Rainmaker weapon to a pedestal near the enemy team's spawn point. The team who carries the Rainmaker furthest towards their respective pedestal wins. August 15, 2015 Splatoonlogo.pngSplatoon 2 logo.png
Mode Icon Clam Blitz.png
Clam Blitz
Players pick up clams scattered around the stage and bring them to the goal. December 13, 2017 Splatoon 2 logo.png

Stage Schedule


Stages will rotate out every four hours along with the stages from Turf War, at 02:00, 06:00, 10:00, 14:00, 18:00, and 22:00 UTC. The change in stages are accompanied by an announcement from the Squid Sisters. This announcement will also boot all players out of the lobby after they finish their current match. The mode will also rotate between Splat Zones, Tower Control, and Rainmaker at the same time.

Splatoon 2

Similar to Splatoon. Splatoon 2 features stage rotation every 2 hours. Again similar to the first game, Off the Hook will give an announcement when the stages/mode change. Players can also view the stage schedule from their smart device using SplatNet 2 on the Nintendo Switch Online App.


Main article: Music


Album Art Song Name Fictional Band
Lobby N/A
Victory N/A
Defeat N/A
Album art bobdub.jpg
Ika Jamaica (Dubble Bath) Bob Dub(NA/EU/OC)/Cala Marley(JP)
Squid Squad.jpg
Splattack! Squid Squad
Ink or Sink
Kraken Up
Now or Never!
ABXY Album Cover.jpg
Shellfie(NA/EU/OC)/Friend List(JP) Chirpy Chips(NA/EU/OC)/ABXY(JP)
Split and Splat(NA/EU/OC)/Quick Start(JP)
Hightide Era Album Cover.png
Hooked Hightide Era
Sucker Punch

Splatoon 2

Album Art Song Name Fictional Band
Without a Dop Doubt N/A
Dubble Bath (DIY Remix) Bob Dub
Wet Floor.jpg
Inkoming! Wet Floor
Rip Entry
Endolphin Surge
Don't Slip
Now or Never!
Turf Master
Ink Another Day
Music S2 Bottom Feeders album artwork.jpg
Seafoam Shanty Bottom Feeders
Fins & Fiddles
Music S2 Ink Theory album art.jpg
Riptide Rupture Ink Theory
Broken Coral

Unlike in Regular Battles, the music in a Ranked Battle does not change when there is one minute left.


  • Originally, rank could go up by 20 points at a time. This can be seen in an image released before Splatoon was finalized.
  • Once a player's rank changes after a match, a message saying "RANK CHANGED! Re-enter the lobby to pit your skills against players closer to you on rank!" will appear, and the player will be forced to exit.



Splatoon 2

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese ガチマッチ
Gachi Matchi
Competitive Match
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Profgevecht Pro fight
FlagFrance.svg French Match pro Pro Match
FlagGermany.svg German Rangkampf Rank fight
FlagItaly.svg Italian Partita pro Pro Match
FlagRussia.svg Russian Бой элиты
Boy elity
Elite battle
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Combate competitivo Competitive Combat


Modes in Splatoon
Online Regular Battle (Turf War) · Ranked Battle (Splat Zones · Tower Control · Rainmaker) · Splatfest Battle · Squad Battle · Private Battle · Recon
Local Arcade Machine · Battle Dojo · Octo Valley · amiibo